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Fencing at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's Foil, Team

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Fernando Montes de Oca Fencing Hall, Magdalena Mixhuca Sports City, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 18, 1968
Date Finished: October 19, 1968

Gold: FRA France
Silver: URS Soviet Union
Bronze: POL Poland

Summary

Although the Soviet Union had ruled the world of team foil since before the Rome Olympics they had suffered a shock defeat and dropped their World title to Romania in 1967.

In Mexico the two teams met at the semi-final stage with the Soviets winning only by the tiebreaker of hits conceded after both teams had won eight bouts each.

This put the Soviets into the final where they would face France. World Champion [Viktor Putiatin] was off form at these Olympic Games and would lose all three of his matches in the final. This gave France the momentum to record a 9-6 victory and regain the title for the first time since Helsinki.

Poland won the bronze medal by defeating Romania.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 France FRA Gold
2 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Poland POL Bronze
4 Romania ROU
5 Hungary HUN
6 West Germany FRG
7T Italy ITA
7T Japan JPN
2 p1 r2/4 Great Britain GBR
2 p2 r2/4 Cuba CUB
3 p1 r1/4 Mexico MEX
3 p2 r1/4 United States USA
3 p3 r1/4 Egypt EGY
3 p4 r1/4 Argentina ARG
3 p5 r1/4 Canada CAN
4 p4 r1/4 Venezuela VEN
4 p5 r1/4 Ireland IRL